Middlebury, Vt. - The Colby College Men's Soccer team took on the #20 Middlebury Panthers on the road and came away with a well-earned tie. The Mules now stand at 5-4-3 after their third straight tie, while Middlebury sits at 6-1-4.
Middlebury got off to a quick start, with Drew Goulart scoring five minutes into the first half off a feed from Brandon Reid. Colby anwsered back at the 18-minute mark when senior Asa Berolzheimer (cover photo) scored unassisted to tie the match. Despite a lead in shots (14-8) and corners (10-2) in the contest, Middlebury could not get another past goal keeper Stanley Clarke. Clarke ranks ninth in the NESCAC in save percentage, and added six saves on seven shots on goal to improve his percentage to .794. Middlebury's goal tender Ryan Grady is currently ranked third in the conference in saves and sixth in save percentage. Colby's leading goal-scorer Ethan Fabricant (photo inset) was able to put two shots on goal but could not get past Grady.
To go on the road and come away from a top-ranked opponent with a NESCAC tie is what makes the Mules run at another playoff inspirational. Last year Colby entered the NESCAC tournament as the eighth and final seed and pulled off three upsets en route to its first conference title. As the Mules enter their final stretch with contests remaining against Amherst, Bowdoin, and Bates, all eyes are on this unit that is elevating play to match opponents at their level.
Colby is back in action next Saturday at home against Amherst College. Match time is 2:00pm.